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For the characters with the same first name, see Dinah.
"You said maybe we don't get second chances."
"Well, maybe I was wrong. Maybe you're my second chance."
—Dinah and Oliver[src]


Dinah Drake, known undercover as Tina Boland, is a meta-human vigilante and a former police detective of the Central City Police Department. She was eventually recruited into the ranks of Team Arrow by Oliver Queen, who was searching for a successor to the Black Canary mantle. Later, on John Diggle's advice, she set her roots down in Star City by getting an apartment and a job in the Star City Police Department.

Biography

Early life

Dinah was born and raised in Central City, where she later joined the CCPD, becoming a detective,[1] and specializing in undercover jobs. Her first undercover assignment was with the street gang called the Pilgrims, where she used bo-staff fighting.[2]

Becoming a meta-human

In 2013, Dinah was an undercover cop going by the name Tina Boland in order to go after Sean Sonus. Sonus discovered that Tina was an undercover cop and he tortured her for 2 weeks. Sonus captured her partner Vincent Sobel and killed him. The S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator exploded subsequently, which give both Sonus and Dinah their powers. She screamed as the particles from the accelerator went into her system, giving her sonic screaming abilities. In her grief over Vincent's death she used her sonic scream, attacking Sonus.[1]

She handed in her badge after her partner's funeral and went rogue becoming a vigilante[3] all across America never settling down her roots. While doing this, she always kept track of Sonus's movement.[1]

Recruited in Team Arrow

In late 2016 to early 2017, knowing Sonus was in Hub City, she indirectly caught the attention of Team Arrow when Curtis showed them video footage of her fighting and using her sonic scream against a group of criminals. Agreeing that she was perfect to be the next Canary, Curtis, Rene, and Oliver went to recruit her.[1]

Personality

Before being subjected to inhumane torture and witnessing Vincent's death, Dinah was presumably a happy and carefree individual who cared deeply for the ones she loved. She even went far to legally change her name to keep her family safe as she went undercover in Sonus's gang. Dinah never revealed to anyone she was a meta-human following the particle accelerator's explosion and cut all ties with her former life the day following Vince's funeral.

Unable to understand herself and the powers she gained, Dinah started to travel all over the USA, protecting those who needed help. Still wired like a detective, she kept track of Sonus's movement, which paid off in killing him. However, she admitted to Oliver that killing him didn't give her closure, despite making sure that one less killer was on the street.

She stated to Diggle that since Vincent's death she never had a normal life, so he convinced her to move on and take up a job at the S.C.P.D., which she eventually agreed to. After joining the team she was shown to have a jovial personality among the members and she was shown getting along with them very well, especially with Curtis and Rene.

Powers and abilities

Powers

  • Meta-human physiology: After Dinah was struck by the energy of the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator explosion, her DNA and cells were altered to augment her vocal cords.[1]
    • Sonic scream: Dinah is able to emit a high frequency scream able to easily turn over a moving armored truck and kill a man at close-range.[1] Oliver noted that her scream seems to be more refined than Black Siren's. The highest recorded frequency her scream can reach is 183 decibels.

Abilities

  • Expert hand-to-hand combatant/Martial artist: As former field police detective, Dinah is a highly proficient fighter, as noted by various sightings of her. In one such sighting, she was shown able to easily dispatch three much larger men with ease. She was able to hold her own against China White.
  • Expert marksman/Firearms: As a former police officer, Dinah is trained in the usage of at least standard firearms. During the shoot out with Sonus' men, she was able to effectively fire even while dodging incoming shots.
  • Expert stick fighter: Dinah's first undercover assignment was with the street gang, called the Pilgrims, where she used bo-staff fighting. Dinah used a bo-staff while sparring with John Diggle, who praised her skills.
  • Free-running/Acrobatics: Since becoming a vigilante, Dinah had developed free-running skills and could drop from a height of several feet without injuring herself.
  • Indomitable will/High pain tolerance: Despite her personal demons, Dinah is shown to be a very resilient woman. Despite weeks of constant torture from Sonus' men, she remained defiant throughout. She is also very driven, having spent three years alone hunting down her lover's killer.
  • Keen intellect: Dinah is a very sharp-witted individual. During her undercover work within Sonus' gang, she proved to have excellent subterfuge, having spent three years without being caught. She is also a very skilled tracker, having formulated a network to figure out where Sonus was hiding.
  • Peak of human physical condition: As a trained policewoman, Dinah is in top form. She is shown to be very nimble, performing noticeable free-running/parkour off a building to escape her assailants.

Equipment

  • Mask: As a member of Team Arrow, Felicity presented Dinah with a mask to wear in the field to better protect her identity.[4]
  • Leather jacket: On missions, she wears a protective leather jacket for her gear.[4]
  • Gloves: She wears gloves that are suitable for her in fist-fighting.[4]
  • Bo staff: She carries a bo staff and she first was seen using it while training with John Diggle.

Appearances

Arrow


Behind the scenes

  • In the DC comics, Dinah Drake (later known as Dinah Drake-Lance) is the first person to take on the legacy mantle of Black Canary and is also the mother of her successor, Dinah Laurel Lance. In the New 52 reboot, Dinah Lance (née Drake) is the only Black Canary ever existed on Prime Earth, with the two previous versions being combined into one.
    • On the show, the character is split into two altogether separate individuals; Dinah Drake, the meta-human Black Canary-in-training and Dinah Lance, the civilian mother of Sara and Laurel Lance, the White Canary and first Black Canary, respectively.
  • When she was introduced to Quentin Lance he had a subtle, but weird reaction to hearing her name, seeing as she has his ex wife's exact same name indicates that Dinah herself is related to his ex wife and therefore also related to his daughters. However this has not been confirmed in the series yet.
    • Dinah might also have familiar ties to Constantine minor character Sarah (played by the same actress) as they are implied to be different people that reside on Earth One.
  • She is the only known character who has worked for both the CCPD and SCPD.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Second Chances"
  2. "Spectre of the Gun"
  3. "Who Are You?"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "The Sin-Eater"

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